Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

When will you start?

We will start our first cohort of METI students in November 15, 2020, insha Allah, per the instructions of the Ministery of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MESRS) to all public and private universities and institutes operating in Algeria.

Do you accept applications from students in non-STEM disciplines (ST, MI, SM), like people from agronomy, biology, business, etc.?

We don’t. That is because the METI program is a hybrid program that has many mandatory technical courses that require a strong background in math, physics and some computer sciences, and for which non-STEM students will be ill-prepared for.

How much does the program cost?

We have two different fee structure for domestic students (Algerian resident) or  international applicants. Please fill out the contact-us form and we’ll get back to you right away.

For students outside Setif, do you provide dormitories or other lodging amenities?

We don’t. The students have to find and secure their own lodging. We do intend however to provide soon some links on our website to some reputable landlords who offer clean, safe and affordable rental apartments to our students. So stay tuned.

Do you accept students from outside Algeria?

Yes. We cherish diversity and inclusiveness, and we welcome applications from our young brothers and sisters from the whole Maghreb and African continent, as well as from anywhere from the world. 

How else is the METI program different from other entrepreneurship programs?

Great question! Besides the unique hybrid design of the curriculum, the METI program will also include the Tollgate (TG) Process. This process is what ensures the team formation, the project selection and then the development of the startup project through its various stages of evolution. Each team will have its own business and technical mentors that are real-world experts in their project domain. The two mentors, along with 2 FUTURIS faculties and a process manager will form a Startup Advisory Committee (SAC) that will provide ongoing coaching and mentorship, as well as evaluation for the team’s progress. Over the course of the 2-year program, each team will have to defend their project with a Tollgate (TG) presentation through 3 distinct phases; (i) TG 1: Opportunity Identification, (ii) TG 2: Opportunity Development, (iii) TG 3: Startup Launch. Each TG presentation is a phase-gate which will decide if the team is ready to move on to the next phase.

In essence, the tollgate process is the most powerful element of our program, and is where the real-world action happens. The courses are there to serve the process, and equip the students with the necessary skills and tools to successfully pass all the tollgates and ultimately launch their startup.

Do you intend to offer other programs in the future?

Yes. The METI is only the first program of the FUTURIS Institute. In the near future, we intend to also offer:

  • Master in Entrepreneurship & Innovation for non-STEM students,
  • Master in Intrapreneurship & Innovation for those who would like to innovate inside established companies,
  • Certificates in Emerging IT Technologies, such as Data Sciences, Cloud Computing, Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, AR/VR applications, etc..

Why did you chose to teach the program mostly in English?

English is today the global language of science, business, technology and communications. That is why we have chosen to adopt this language as our primary language of instruction and training, because our goal is to train  leaders and innovators driven by a global vision.

Do you offer any scholarship for people who cannot afford your program tuition?

We have set aside 100% tuition scholarship for 5% of the total number of admitted students.